I have recently had a hankering for a tube head. I sorta miss my 200w Buster, but it was big, heavy, and way louder than I need. My Demeter was recently out for repair, and I liked using my 20w Mesa Subway Rocket combo amp's pre and power section (all tube) into my Barefaced cab. It was plenty for solo practice. However, I once owned an Ashdown LB30 and I know 30w isn't enough to use with my occasional live jams (I'm not playing gigs, so I don't need big volume). The elimination thought process I've gone through looks like this... I thought the Ampeg 50w head would be nice, but the tone in the demos doesn't trip my trigger, and I've not enjoyed my experiences with Ampeg, so that's out. Fender Bassman 100T is perfect, in terms of features. Particularly the ability to go from 100w to 25w or silent for recording. The demos aren't thrilling me, and the size/weight isn't quite winning me over, but it's not silly. Price isn't bad. The Mesa Prodigy is wonderful for size/weight. I like Mesa tone, and I liked the sound when testing one in the shop. I think this guy is a pretty strong contender. The wattage is probably overkill for home use, but would certainly work for live jams. Creeping into Mesa Prodigy price has made me think about possible bumping up to custom builds. So, here's what I'm looking at, thinking about, and seeking advice on. MATAMP/Green - Either one of their 50-ish watt tube heads, or asking for a custom 200 or 120. The smaller wattage won't save much weight. I like Doom-y tones, and have a Ric. Verellen - American builder with a good rep and known to do custom. I'm not sure I know what the stock Meatsmoke design is based around, but it seems there is room for custom requests. Reeves - The demos intrigue me. They have a standard 50w platform custom options, which seem aimed at guitarists, but I'd imagine could be tweaked as needed for bass. What I'm uncertain about is if I'd definitely like the tone of a custom head vs. the known tone of the Prodigy. I'm also not seeing that the customs could get close to the Prodigy size/weight. For the extra money of a custom, it'd be nice to get "everything" I want. It's hard to argue the Mesa warranty and the fact there's a shop a short drive from my house. Should I just plan to jump on a Prodigy? Is there another option to consider that I've overlooked? I know I mentioned this in the past, but I'll say it again; I've got a physical handicap which makes me more sensitive than most people when it comes to moving gear. And, for reference, my only cab is a Barefaced BB2.